Farm Equipment

The Grand Re-Boot - Shipping Issues with Steven Haas

Another in our series of Guest Blogs from our NTPDA Members. This has to do with shipping changes and critical information for our membership and our Steve Haas Image friends from Steven Haas of DLS Worldwide. Also if you would like to hear the audio of the news story that aired this week just click  the audio link below: 

IOB 29 March 2020 Steve Haas Transportation

As of this writing, over twenty states have made "shelter in place" warnings...

The good news is that auto, truck and tractor parts (new, used and remanufactured) have been deemed essential commodities so freight will keep flowing as usual.

These items have been deemed critical commodities because we can assist aid and assist in the uninterrupted supply of the essential replacement parts that keep ambulances, fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles moving not to mention the fact that the parts we supply are also needed to keep trucks and ag equipment running to maintain crucial supply chains that provide food, home deliveries and medical supplies.

The bad news is that more states will inevitably follow, and we expect the remainder of states to put similar orders in place within the first few weeks of April.

During the last several days, I have reached out to a number of Associations within these industry segments in an attempt to get a "pulse" of the situation and assess their respective supply chains. Pretty much all are reporting "business as usual" and that most of their members are still getting things done but sometimes in unusual ways.

One way to look at things is that this is a "Grand Reboot" for both people and businesses and that we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to re-invent ourselves and our business models.

And - we've been here before...when the internet went mainstream in 1995 it forced a somewhat painful and costly re-invention of both business and society, and we all ended up much better off with some incredibly useful technologies in place. Not far after, social media came into play, online commerce began to go gangbusters and now we have the underpinnings in place to both thrive and survive in a challenging new world.

The following are a few simple recommendations that will help you keep your supply chain intact and eliminate complexities and costs:

Deploy a Multi-carrier Platform

For starters, if you’re not already using a multi-carrier rate shop platform you need to get one in place. The DLS platform (available through DLS and/or your association) provides thousands of quality carrier options for all major modes including truckload, partial truckload and less-than truckload (LTL) service. If a carrier suspends service on a national, regional or micro-regional level our customers have more than enough options already in place.

Keep Advised of Carrier Updates

You should also do your best to tune into carrier updates on a daily basis if possible.

The team at DLS Worldwide is doing our best to keep your association professionals advised of carrier embargos, restrictions and/or closures on a daily basis and are encouraging them to pass that information immediately on to you.

Call Ahead to Confirm Pick-ups and Deliveries

Communication is key!

We will do our best to keep you advised of the various carrier changes, restrictions and closures by state. If you need to schedule a pickup or delivery in one of those states we suggest you contact your pickup or delivery location to confirm they are operating and if they have any special needs or protocols for the carriers.

As of now, only a small percentage of our customers within the recycling and remanufacturing sectors have been closed (temporarily) but this one proactive measure can save you a considerable amount of time, money and aggravation.

Stay In Touch With Your Suppliers and Customers

Use those proactive calls to check in with your suppliers and customers to ASK them about their personal health and the health of their businesses. We are all in this TOGETHER so if you take the time to ask those concerned questions and perhaps share some innovative best practices it will help you strengthen and deepen relationships and build goodwill for the future.

Determine What you Can Control and Cannot Control

And finally - remind yourself that there are things that you can control and things that you cannot control. No one was able to predict the gravity of this pandemic but you can do your part to lessen its impact by following governmental recommendations and through the rapid re-invention of your business.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like some suggestions about the rapid reinvention of your own supply chain or business. You can reach me at 612-296-1806 or online at steven.haas@rrd.com and I would be more than happy to share my thoughts and ideas.

You can choose to view this as a tragedy or an opportunity – I for one, choose the latter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Steven P. Haas handles Association Partnerships for DLS Worldwide a 3rd party logistics company based in Chicago Illinois. If you would like to streamline your supply chain and fortify your carrier options he can set you up with a multi-carrier rate shop platform through your association partnership or in free-standing form. If you would like him to perform a courtesy rate review and/or supply chain evaluation you may reach him at the contact information above.


Open For Business

During the past week we at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) have been reaching out to our members and visiting about their business Open Sign and their families. We've talked to dozens of people and we're hearing that, compared to last year, business has been really good. "Farmers have been in the mood to fix and repair what they have and because planting season is coming up they are busy and they are buying", was one comment we heard often.

Meanwhile the biggest concern shared with us was that if business starts to falter what that might do to their employees. "I've never laid off a person since we started this business," said one of our members. "My goal is to stick with it. We had a tough time several years ago and we kept everybody working. I hope to do that now and into the future."

Commodity prices are also playing a part in how farmers are dealing with fixing and repairing their equipment. One of our members told us, "You know, if the commodities were higher maybe we wouldn't be so busy. Farmers have had a rough couple of years so buying new doesn't seem to be on the mind of many."

One of the very cool things about this association is that we all know each other, do business with each other and, generally, like each other. That always comes out in these conversations when we talk about family. It's important to them and it's also important to us so we talk about kids, grandkids, husbands wives and parents.

One final thought. Human connection is important. We've noticed that phone calls that may have been over in three or four minutes now linger as people want to stay connected and talk. It's been a pleasure to spend fifteen or twenty minutes talking business, family and friends. It's what we...do.

If we have not yet connected with you be assured you're on our list and remember on March 24 we'll celebrate National Agriculture Day.

Thanks for reading and stay safe and well. 


Meet Our Members - Interstate McBee with Chuck Wheeler

While the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) was in Maricopa, Arizona for our 2020 Conference and Trade Show we sat down with several Chuck Wheeler Jan 2020 members in what we've called "Voices from Maricopa". Here you'll meet Chuck Wheeler from Interstate-McBee a company that is more than "interstate" they are international providing engine parts, fuel injection parts and components for the heavy duty diesel, natural gas industry and agriculture. Meet Chuck and listen in. All you have to do is click the player below and you'll be taken to "Voices from Maricopa" and "Meet our Members"!

Interstate McBee Chuck Wheeler

Thanks for listening and know that we're always on the lookout for stories from our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association members. If you've got some news shoot us an email to Michael@NTPDA.com  

If your company is not yet a member of NTPDA join us and we'll share how we bring real value to your membership.

 


Guest Blog - Hy-Capacity "Massey Harvest"

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) welcomes guest blog posts from our members. Here in "Massey Harvest" by Claire Varangkounh of Hy-Capacity you'll learn about the images within the image and what they mean. (You can click on the painting to enlarge.) Hy Cap Image Feb 2020

Charles Freitag created six paintings for Hy-Capacity. Most prints feature founders and original distributors. However, this particular painting is different. This print is called “Massey Harvest.” Featured is employee number one, Greg Beekman, driving the Massey Ferguson 1135 Tractor. Greg still works at Hy-Capacity today.

Greg grew up on a farm near Pocahontas, Iowa. For several years, he traveled in and out of town to collect parts from the local John Deere dealer. Around 1978, a new company moved into that same three-room Quonset, the company that is now Hy-Capacity. Hy-Capacity had three locations in Iowa at the time: Pocahontas, Bode, and Hardy. In 1980, Hy-Capacity moved to the building it is in today in Humboldt. This was the first time all production was done under the same roof.

Greg began working in Teardown and disassembling clutches. Over the years, he has trained several employees, including some that are still at Hy-Capacity today. After a few years of working in Teardown, Greg was promoted to water pump assembly and spent almost twenty years in that area. Within those twenty years, he gathered information and became proficient in building water pumps. Greg took part in developing a large portion of the water pump product line we offer today. Greg used his knowledge to train other employees. Once they were able to manage the water pump assembly, he decided to take on a new role at Hy-Capacity. Greg recognized he could improve the company processes by returning to Teardown and managing the production flow. He helped Teardown become a more efficient service center for the remanufactured product lines.

Hy-Capacity is a nearly 42-year-old company, and in February 2019 Greg celebrated his 40th year of service. He has essentially been a part of this company since the beginning. Greg has not only made an impact at Hy-Capacity; he has made a positive impact on others. Fellow members at Hy-Capacity know Greg as a dedicated, respectful person with good character. We are lucky to have him on our team.


Found in this print:

  • Blue Hy-Capacity building
  • Massey Ferguson 1135 Tractor
  • Massey Ferguson 750 Combine


Top-selling parts for the Massey Ferguson 1135:

  • 14” Pressure Plate
  • Water Pump
  • Black and Gray Fabric Seat
  • Cab Kit
  • Radial Piston Hydraulic Pump
  • Hy-Cap LED Bulb
  • Alternator

YOU Did It!

Congratulations NTPDA Members...YOU DID IT!  We have turned a big corner in our efforts to build back this organization. The official numbers shared with NTPDA20 Image Ten the Board last Saturday said it all.  This year in Maricopa we had more companies, more vendors/displayers and more attendees than we've seen in two years. That is a credit to each of you who have worked to make this happen. You have encouraged others to join you. You have brought along new people to experience our Annual Conference and Trade Show. And you have come away from this event with more knowledge, business opportunities and friendships than before.

That friends is outstanding.

NTPDA20 Image ThreeOver the next several months we'll be sharing videos, images and audio recordings from #NTPDA20 in Arizona. Don't be surprised if you see yourself and many of your fellow NTPDA Members.

This is not a time to rest but a time to take action and prepare for our Summer Meeting and make plans to attend our 2021 Annual Conference and Trade Show which will be held in Nashville.

In the meantime know that we are working every day to build our association membership rolls and to bring even more value to your membership dues.

Thank you...again and let's, together, DO THIS! 

 


Member News from Down Under - Parts Express in Australia

The phone conversation with Mike Winter, president of long-time NTPDA Member Worthington Tractor Parts, Inc. started here when asked about the launch Mike Winter Parts Express July 2019 of their wholesale company, Parts Express scheduled for later this year in Australia: “Any business that doesn’t constantly find ways to improve its level of service to the market is bad news for the longevity of that business.” He went on to say, “Our goal is to build a global brand that will bring high quality parts at affordable prices with great speed and accuracy to the dealerships and repair shops that need them.”

Parts Express has a history of success as a wholesale supplier of agricultural parts in the United States and this launch of strategically placed warehouses throughout Australia will meet the increased demand on the continent. Winter added, “To this point products have been available through Neil’s Parts which we acquired in 1996. Now, with additional resources going to the wholesale market we believe we’ll become a world leader for the agricultural market.”

Bruce Parts Express July 2019Bruce Jacobsma, Director of Parts Express added, “Our goal is to make Parts Express a globally recognized name in the agricultural spare parts market. This operation takes us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

Parts Express currently has four distribution centers in the United States and a bonded warehouse in Germany. Dealerships and repair shops are able to buy direct from Parts Express by using the B2B online website or by phone.

The addition of Parts Express into Australia is all about service, speed and affordability according to Jason Atkins, Jason Atkins Parts Express July 2019General Manager/Director of Neil’s Parts, “When we’re able to deliver quality products that are affordable and do so quickly and accurately our customers and their customers win. This move will deliver that outcome. “

Congratulations to the entire team from NTPDA!

If you’ve got news from your member business, make sure to connect with us at NTPDA@NTPDA.com!

About Parts Express - Parts Express is a leading wholesale supplier of agricultural parts in the United States. It carries a wide range of new aftermarket parts for tractors, combines (headers), grain heads (fronts), cotton pickers, and skid steers. Parts Express stocks parts for most brands of equipment including John Deere, Case IH, Ford, New Holland, Massey Ferguson, AGCO and more. To accommodate the local market, they will be distributing wholesale: CAMSO track systems, Gulf Western Oils, Redekop Mav systems, cane harvester parts and Chamberlain parts in Australia.

Parts Express USA can be reached at 800-247-1237 or online at www.Parts-Exp.com 


Member News - Rock Valley Tractor Parts Expands

We love telling stories about our members and their businesses. Today we've got an update on the expansion going on at Rock Valley Tractor Parts from our Scott NFMS Crop
NTPDA President, Scott Schelling. It's a story with an interesting twist. (You can click on the images to enlarge.)

Last year Rock Valley Tractor Parts acquired a company called Iowa Cutter Supply. It's a forage cutter company that, ironically, Scott helped get off the ground back in 2010. The company is in the niche business of supplying parts for forage harvesting. These are the machines that are most often associated with dairy feed. While most of us are accustomed to grain farming we had
Iowa-cutters-supply-logoto ask Scott about the dairy business. "You would be surprised at the number of dairy cows there are here in Northwest Iowa", said Scott. "It's sort of a secret because of all the attention given to corn and soybeans. In fact, just down the road about 34 miles is Wells Blue Bunny an ice creme giant in the United States." 

Scott tells us that he's selling forage cutter parts not only in the North America but also in Puerto Rico, Central America  and Australia. 

To incorporate the acquisition into Rock Valley Tractor Parts headquarters has required a major expansion of the company footprint.

"We're sort of land-locked here so our expansion plans centered on buying three homes near our offices. We then tore down two of them but the third we Rock Valley House Movecouldn't destroy. You see, it was the first house my wife Vicki and I lived in after we were married."  Rather than demolish their first home Scott had the house picked up and moved about ten miles away. "It wasn't that we were just sentimental; it was a good house and will make a fine home for the buyers."

In its place will be a new 21,000 sq. ft. building that will house Iowa Cutter Supply plus a brand new tractor parts teardown room. "The room we use now was built back in 1968 and tractors have changed just a bit since then. We need the room!"

Rock Valley expansion photosCongratulations to Rock Valley Tractor Parts and we loved the story about the house!

If you've got a story about your business we'd love to showcase it. Drop us a line at NTPDA@NTPDA.com and let's talk.

 

 


Member News - All States Ag Parts in California

We've got some exciting news about one of our long time members All States Ag Parts and their expansion into California. That's just half of the story. Jeff Jeff GriggsGriggs (photo) from ASAP told us the company has just purchased the John F. Mahaney Company a manufacturer of fine quality agricultural, ranch and industrial hardware supplies. The family owned company was started back in 1951.

In addition to being the first All States Ag Parts California location, the acquisition strengthens All States emerging wholesale division and provides the company with manufacturing capability for popular brands including Red Rooster Tools, a line of professional grade agricultural hand tools. 

“This is a great acquisition for us,” said John Dyke, CEO of All States Ag Parts. “We’re happy to be in the heart of California’s agricultural area and look forward serving the farms, vineyards and orchards here,” said Dyke.

What this also means, according to Griggs, is that All States Ag Parts can now market these professional hand tools eastward and into the growing areas of the Midwest and Northeast.

Dyke said Steve Mahaney, previously a co-owner, will stay on board to manage the Sacramento operation. All current employees will be offered employment with All States Ag Parts.

With this expansion ASAP will now have ten locations across the country.

Congratulations to the Mahaney Family and to all our friends with All States Ag Parts. We look forward to meeting Steve and his crew at upcoming events.

 

 


Spring Decision Making On The Farm

In many parts of the nation farmers are already getting equipment ready for field work. As we check in with our members from around the world we're often caught by how so many farmers are facing the some of the roughest times since the early 1980's. With low commodity prices, for the fifth year in a row, and Tractor Memoriestrade issues times in Rural America are tough.

Just last week we saw a story from Reuters that growing numbers of grain farmers are choosing to shed their machinery and find renters for their land. As these older grain farmers are retiring, fewer younger people are lining up to replace them.

While auction houses are winning...it’s putting a major strain on the farming community and the entire agricultural supply chain.

Think of it...fewer farmers means fewer customers for seed and chemical companies, fewer machine buyers, and fewer suppliers for grain merchants. 

We've heard from several members that business is still good as many farmers seek ways to cut down on repair costs by doing more of the work themselves. We've also heard that some members are actively trying to find ways to be even more assistive to their customers.

We're all in this together and times will get better. Our goal, as an association, is to continue to support our members and the many, many farmers that feed the world. Stay strong.

 

 


Online Sales Smash Retail Sales

For years many of our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association members found value in adding e-commerce to their sales efforts. Sure, it was a difficult Online Add to Carttransition and it cost money to staff call centers and online chat professionals but it has paid off because online sales are crushing traditional retail efforts. How do we know?

Let's look at one example...Wal-Mart. 

Retail giant Wal-Mart reported solid fourth-quarter results last week with the U.S. business producing another quarter of comparable-sales growth. But the star of the show was e-commerce. Get this, U.S. online sales for Wal-Mart soared by 29% year-over-year, an acceleration driven by the company's investments in the acquisition of Jet.com. E-commerce is still small relative to Wal-Mart's brick-and-mortar operations, but that won't remain true for long.

According to the Department of Commerce in 2016 total e-commerce sales in the United States rose by 15.1%. And that is far faster than the overall 2.9% growth in total retail sales.

We understand that our members are not Wal-Mart however the trend is clear. Your customer is just as likely to come from five states away than five miles away and those numbers will continue to grow. Your challenge is finding a way to build your digital business while continuing to serve your local consumer. It can be done and many of our members have been very successful in their marketing efforts.

If you would like to share your thoughts...please do!